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Gregory Jones QC
Skipton Properties appealed against Craven District Council’s insistence that 40% of the homes on a virtually completed estate, off Moorview Way, should be “affordable”.  The appeal followed the successful high court judicial review brought by Skipton Properties against the Council’s “approach” to insist upon 40% levels of affordable housing on all sites.  In March, the high court, quashed this...
The Planning Inspectorate has made an order for costs against Gladman Developments Limited in favour of a rule 6 party, Grundon Waste Management Limited. The order has been made following a public inquiry into Gladman’s section 78 appeal against the refusal of planning permission for housing development on a site opposite an existing Grundon waste management facility in Bishop’s Cleeve,...
The Supreme Court is today hearing the appeal against the Court of Appeal's quashing of planning permission for major AONB development outside Dover ([2016] EWCA Civ 936). The central issue is the standard of reasons in EIA cases, however the Court in granting permission indicated that is wishes to consider the source, nature and extent of a local planning authority's duty to give reasons...
An inspector, reporting to Wokingham Borough Council, has recommended, following a lengthy public inquiry, the rejection of an application to register a large area of open land on the edge of Wokingham as a village green. The Inspector was not satisfied, having heard all of the evidence, that the use made of the land by local inhabitants was use for lawful sports and pastimes, as opposed to use...
Merrow Golden
FTB is delighted to announce that Merrow Golden has accepted an invitation to join Chambers. Merrow completed her pupillage under the supervision of Suzanne Ornsby QC, Richard Honey and Melissa Murphy.   Merrow studied Social and Political Sciences at Cambridge before going on to study law.  She has a First Class law degree from City Law School, London, and a masters degree from Columbia Law...
The High Court has revisited the limits of LPA’s powers to decline to determine planning applications where an existing enforcement notice is in place. In Deep Banghard v Bedford Borough Council [2017] EWHC 2391 (Admin), Ms Nathalie Lieven QC, sitting as a Deputy High Court Judge, quashed the Council’s refusal to determine Mr Banghard’s planning application on the grounds that s. 70C was not...
The High Court has ruled that costs representing the time spent by a local authority’s planning officers in assisting with the preparation of an Acknowledgement of Service in response to an application for permission to apply for judicial review can be recovered.  The issue arose in the case of R (Ayres) v. Cotswold District Council (CO/2353/2017), in which the unsuccessful Claimant sought to...
Book cover - The Clubs
The “Clubs” volume of The Encyclopaedia of Forms and Precedents has just been re-issued by Lexis Nexis (volume 7, 2017). The updated work covers the law on members and proprietary clubs, club constitutions and rules, club property and employee issues and the impact of licensing and gambling laws. A series of Forms and Precedents are set out for use by clubs and their advisors. The work is...
FTB are delighted to announce that James Pereira QC has been appointed a Visiting Professor of Environmental Law at King’s College, London.  James has been one of the part-time lecturers and examiners on the post-graduate Masters’ (LLM) course in EU Environmental Law for several years now, and his appointment is a result of that work. His full-time practice at the Bar is unaffected by this...
After an inquiry, an Inspector has dismissed an appeal against a decision of the London Borough of Ealing not to make two footpath modification orders (Appeals ref FPS/A5270/14A/1 and FPS/A5270/14A/2) on land which is proposed to become a new training ground for Queen’s park Rangers Football Club, as well as a community sports facility. The claim in respect of footpath 1 involved climbing over a...

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